eRead Illinois Newsletter: July 2, 2014

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eRead Illinois Newsletter
July 2, 2014

eRead Illinois continues to grow by leaps and bounds!  As of July 1, we have 139 libraries participating in the 3M Cloud shared collection. 3M Cloud Library members will find even more stunning stats in our monthly IPLAR update below.

There’s Still Time to Sign-up:
Do you feel like you missed the eRead Illinois boat?  Don’t worry you can still join either shared collection and your library will pay a prorated member fee for the rest of the year. SHARE members that would like to start participation in the 3M Cloud Library shared collection on August 1, 2014 should email Lesley by Friday, July 25. If you’re unsure about the cost for your library, simply fill out the 3M member fee request form and return it to Lesley via email: lzavediuk@illinoisheartland.org.

Non-SHARE libraries are welcome to sign-up to participate in the Baker & Taylor Axis 360 shared collection at any time. Simply fill out the request for membership participation fee form and email it to: ereadillinois@railslibraries.info. For more information, visit the eRead Illinois website.

eRead Illinois Website:
Don’t forget to check out the new and fabulous eRead Illinois website at ereadillinois.com. You’ll find everything you need for both the 3M Cloud and Axis 360, including: general information, marketing materials, and training!

Carts in CAT:
To make sure our patrons have enough to read over the holiday weekend, I’ll be purchasing the items in your 3M Shopping Cart on Thursday, July 3. If you don’t have time to finalize your cart by noon on Thursday, never fear.  I’ll check in on Monday, July 7 and purchase any new items you’ve placed over the weekend.  We’ll resume our regular purchase schedule (Friday afternoons) on Friday, July 11.

3M Cloud Library Monthly Stats:
If your library has reached the end of the Fiscal Year and you’re filling out the IPLAR, these stats are for you!

    The 3M Cloud Library shared collection as of June 30, 2014:

  • Total Number of Items in the Collection: 6,707
  • Total Number of Unique Titles: 6,332
  • Total Number of Items Circulated this Month (June 1 – June 30): 6,112

Training:
For SHARE members: Several 3M Cloud Library trainings are being held in the month of July and more will be added in August. Keep your eyes peeled for Technology Petting Zoos being held in your area over the next few months as well! Register for the sessions below by visiting L2.

For non-SHARE members: A series of live training sessions and online webinars on the eRead Illinois Axis 360 platform are being held in July. Live sessions are scheduled at different locations and are only available to staff from libraries participating in eRead Illinois (registration is required). Recordings of the Shared Collection Training and the Administrative Site webinars are available on the eRead Illinois website. For a complete list of upcoming training opportunities, visit L2. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie DeJonghe, E-book Trainer/Coordinator, at: natalie.dejonghe@railslibraries.info

3M Tip of the Week:
Sometimes a patron will you bring you a device and the 3M app just won’t be working the way it should. Even with all of your troubleshooting expertise, you might not be able to figure out what’s wrong. The best course of action when this happens, is to have the patron uninstall and then reinstall the 3M Cloud Library app. Your patron’s books will not be lost during this process. Once the app is reinstalled, your patron can log back in and pick up where he/she left off. This simple trick can solve a myriad of problems, but if you need back up, feel free to email or call Lesley (contact info below) and she’ll troubleshoot with you.

3M Cloud Collection Development:
As you may have recently heard, Simon & Schuster has opened up their content to all libraries that support a Buy Now button through their interface. 3M has a Buy & Donate option as well. IHLS has enrolled in the 3M Buy & Donate Program, which means that Simon & Schuster content in now available for all of our libraries to purchase!  What does all of this mean?  Well, it means that a Buy and Donate button appears on the Patron Web Application. When clicked, the button sends patrons to a retail site to purchase items.  50% of the proceeds from these sales are then credited back to our shared collection! This button does not appear in Patron Apps on iOS or Android devices, nor does it appear on the PC or Mac application. To see how it works, log in with your patron id and pin at: https://ebook.3m.com/library/illinoisheartland/. Click on any book cover and the Buy & Donate button will appear to the right of the book summary.

Project Team:
We love hearing from you! Feel free to contact members of the project team with questions and suggestions:

Veronda Pitchford, eRead Illinois Project Director (RAILS): veronda.pitchford@railslibraries.info or 630-734-5119.

Natalie DeJonghe, eRead Illinois E-book Trainer/Coordinator (RAILS): natalie.dejonghe@railslibraries.info or 630-734-5121.

Lesley Zavediuk, eRead Illinois E-book Trainer/Coordinator (IHLS): lzavediuk@illinoisheartland.org or 618-656-3216, ext. 424

 

eRead Illinois is supported by the Illinois Secretary of State through the Illinois State Library.